Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Philomel Books 2001
Classification: Young Adult Fiction
Media Type: Book
Grade level: 7+
Reader's annotation: Alex goes undercover to find out why the new “Stormbreaker” computers are a danger to the country. Will he get out alive?
Summary: After his uncle is killed in a car accident, Alex is suspicious about the story he was told. A little investigating turns up a bullet riddled car, this was no accident, and the adventure begins. His uncle wasn’t working for a bank after all but he was an MI6 agent and now they want Alex to take over where he left off. His task is to find out what is so special about the new Stormbreaker computers about to be handed to every school in England. Posing as the boy who won the contest to be the first to see the computers Alex goes into the compound where they are made. You won’t be able to put the book down until you reach the exciting action-packed, nail-bitter ending.
Evaluation: A thrill a minute teenage version of James Bond type spy, action thrillers. This is a great book for reluctant readers and boys who like adventure. It is pretty fantastical but not any more than most spy thrillers, it’s lots of fun and a quick read.
Series: Alex Rider adventures - 7 books. There is a graphic novel version of Stormbreaker and Point Blank, the second book in the series as well.
- I grew up outside of Boston, went to college in western MA and lived in NYC dancing for several years before getting my teaching credentials and unintentionally moving to Santa Cruz CA. Married and divorced with two kids almost grown, a daughter in college and a son in high school, I am thrilled to be a librarian now, something that I should have done years ago. I love the applications of technology and realize that I have been interested in that since my first computer class back in 1986 - a new requirement for teaching degrees. Finally I can combine my love of curriculum, educational resources, working with adults and children, and technology applications.